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of March 17, 1964 in cool white, 31 May 1966

Dan Flavin
American, 1933 - 1996
white pencil on black rag paper
29.9 x 29.8 cm
Purchased 1987
National Gallery of Canada (no. 29719)
© Estate of Dan Flavin / SODRAC (2013)

Flavin saw drawing primarily as an instrument for recording ideas for new works or working out the plan of an exhibition. Sketches of this type were notational and documentary, and he kept them for his records. However, between 1964 and 1966, he made a group of finished drawings intended for sale. This one, which Flavin exchanged with the artist Larry Zox after their two-man exhibition at the Kornblee Gallery, is typical: formally and precisely executed on black drawing paper, it represents one of the two fluorescent installations by Flavin in the show.

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